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Shawnie Rechtenbaugh, Department Secretary





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WORKFORCE INNOVATION & OPPORTUNITY ACT
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Under the provisions of Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA), the Departments of Human Services (DHS) and Labor and Regulation will submit a Unified State Plan to the federal government in 2020 that outlines a four-year strategy for the State's workforce development system.
 
States are required to submit the four-year State Plans to federal agencies by March 3, 2020. The WIOA State Plan provides valuable information about the various programs and initiatives underway including those for jobseekers, students, businesses and people with disabilities.
 
The WIOA Unified State Plan can be viewed by clicking here. The Divisions of Rehabilitation Services (DRS) and Service to the Blind and Visually Impaired (SBVI) have specific portions of the plan that address employment for citizens with disabilities and those who are blind or visually impaired. Following are the links for the DRS and SBVI sections of the Plan:
These strategic and operational plans are available for review and comment, including during video/tele conference meetings on February 3rd and February 6.  To participate on either video/tele conference by conference call, please dial 1-866-410-8397. The conference code is 2265385751.
 
The video/tele-conference for the SBVI portion of the State Plan is February 3rd from 3:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.  CDT and can be viewed at the following locations:
 
 
The video/teleconference for the full Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act Unified Stat plan on February 6th from 10:00 a.m. - 12 noon p.m. CDT will be held with sites at the following locations:
For more information, please contact Kendra Ringstmeyer, Department of Labor and Regulation at (605) 773-4136, Gaye Mattke or Eric Weiss, Department of Human Services (605) 773-4644.
 
Facilities are accessible to people with mobility impairments. If you need auxiliary aids or services in order to participate in the meeting (e.g., sign language interpreters, assistive listening devices, materials in alternative format), please submit a request to the Department of Human Services. To ensure auxiliary aids or services are available, please make the request(s) at least 10 days in advance of the meeting.